DUTCH WATER AUTHORITIES

Experts on regional water management

Are you interested in working together on water problems in your country?

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About Us

The driving force of Dutch history has been the struggle against water. While large parts of the country are below sea level, the Netherlands is the safest and cleanest delta in the world.

Dutch Water Authorities

This is the responsibility of 21 regional water authorities. They work on water safety, water quality and water quantity. Dutch Water Authorities is the international organisation of these 21 regional water authorities and their association, the Unie van Waterschappen.

Dutch Water Authorities wishes to share its extensive experience and knowledge on water management and water governance with the world.

> View our movie ‘About Dutch Water Authorities’

Global approach

Climate change is making a global approach to water problems increasingly important. That is why Dutch Water Authorities is working on water management projects worldwide. Are you interested in working with us to solve water problems in your country?

What We Do

Our experience in regional water management is reflected in our long-term perspective and our integrated and inclusive approach. Together, we can analyse the specific situation in your country and choose the most suitable approach, such as coaching, workshops, connecting organisations, providing inspiration and learning-by-doing.

Drought, floods, water pollution: is your country affected by these problems? We can help you with aspects such as management, financing, maintenance, regulation and enforcement.

Regional water management

Our experience in regional water management is reflected in our long-term perspective and our integrated and inclusive approach. Together, we can analyse the specific situation in your country and choose the most suitable approach. This can include coaching, workshops, connecting organisations, providing inspiration and learning-by-doing.

Cooperation with the private sector

Dutch Water Authorities is also a partner of the Dutch business community and helps spread the knowledge and techniques of the Dutch water sector. Dutch companies can join us in achieving these aims.

Blue Deal project Romania
Romania

Water management in Romania is under pressure due to flooding, a shortage of clean water and financial problems. The Blue Deal Partnership is working on structural solutions to minimise uncontrollable damage.

Water management in Romania is under pressure due to flooding, a shortage of clean water and financial problems. The Blue Deal Partnership is working on structural solutions to minimise uncontrollable damage.

Water management in Romania is under pressure due to flooding, a shortage of clean water and financial problems. The Blue Deal Partnership is working on structural solutions to minimise uncontrollable damage.

Blue Deal project Argentina
Argentina

Buenos Aires is regularly affected by flooding. The area also has to deal with a lot of sedimentation and polluted freshwater resources. Structural solutions to these problems are being sought within the Blue Deal Partnership by setting up a local operational water organisation.

Buenos Aires is regularly affected by flooding. The area also has to deal with a lot of sedimentation and polluted freshwater resources. Structural solutions to these problems are being sought within the Blue Deal Partnership by setting up a local operational water organisation.

Buenos Aires is regularly affected by flooding. The area also has to deal with a lot of sedimentation and polluted freshwater resources. Structural solutions to these problems are being sought within the Blue Deal Partnership by setting up a local operational water organisation.

Blue Deal project Mozambique
Mozambique

In Mozambique the Blue Deal Partnership is working to improve flood warning and protection systems. Plans are also being implemented to improve water quality and distribute the available water more efficiently. The local people are being informed and educated to prevent unhygienic conditions.

In Mozambique the Blue Deal Partnership is working to improve flood warning and protection systems. Plans are also being implemented to improve water quality and distribute the available water more efficiently. The local people are being informed and educated to prevent unhygienic conditions.

In Mozambique the Blue Deal Partnership is working to improve flood warning and protection systems. Plans are also being implemented to improve water quality and distribute the available water more efficiently. The local people are being informed and educated to prevent unhygienic conditions.

Blue Deal project South Africa
South Africa

Dutch Water Authorities and South Africa have been working together for many years. Nine local water management organisations have been set up using Dutch knowledge. The Blue Deal Partnership is working on clean water and improved water availability. A number of pilot projects are being implemented to serve as examples to other regions.

Dutch Water Authorities and South Africa have been working together for many years. Nine local water management organisations have been set up using Dutch knowledge. The Blue Deal Partnership is working on clean water and improved water availability. A number of pilot projects are being implemented to serve as examples to other regions.

Dutch Water Authorities and South Africa have been working together for many years. Nine local water management organisations have been set up using Dutch knowledge. The Blue Deal Partnership is working on clean water and improved water availability. A number of pilot projects are being implemented to serve as examples to other regions.

Blue Deal project Colombia
Colombia

Within the Blue Deal programme, water governance is being improved in 5 regions in Colombia. Existing wastewater treatment is being improved, water management plans are being implemented more efficiently, industrial dischargers are being called to account and decisions are increasingly based on reliable data. Long-term management and maintenance has also been organised.

Within the Blue Deal programme, water governance is being improved in 5 regions in Colombia. Existing wastewater treatment is being improved, water management plans are being implemented more efficiently, industrial dischargers are being called to account and decisions are increasingly based on reliable data. Long-term management and maintenance has also been organised.

Within the Blue Deal programme, water governance is being improved in 5 regions in Colombia. Existing wastewater treatment is being improved, water management plans are being implemented more efficiently, industrial dischargers are being called to account and decisions are increasingly based on reliable data. Long-term management and maintenance has also been organised.

Blue Deal project Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso

Dutch Water Authorities has been active in Burkina Faso since 2014. One of its activities has involved setting up regional water management organisations. With the Blue Deal Partnership that cooperation is entering a new phase. Water monitoring is being improved, a new water laboratory has been opened, and work is under way to improve the treatment of wastewater.

Dutch Water Authorities has been active in Burkina Faso since 2014. One of its activities has involved setting up regional water management organisations. With the Blue Deal Partnership that cooperation is entering a new phase. Water monitoring is being improved, a new water laboratory has been opened, and work is under way to improve the treatment of wastewater.

Dutch Water Authorities has been active in Burkina Faso since 2014. One of its activities has involved setting up regional water management organisations. With the Blue Deal Partnership that cooperation is entering a new phase. Water monitoring is being improved, a new water laboratory has been opened, and work is under way to improve the treatment of wastewater.

Blue Deal project Ghana
Ghana

In Ghana, the Blue Deal Partnership is focusing on setting up water management plans, with special attention to combating water pollution in agriculture. To ensure the plans are a success, a new organisational structure for effective local water management is being set up.

In Ghana, the Blue Deal Partnership is focusing on setting up water management plans, with special attention to combating water pollution in agriculture. To ensure the plans are a success, a new organisational structure for effective local water management is being set up.

In Ghana, the Blue Deal Partnership is focusing on setting up water management plans, with special attention to combating water pollution in agriculture. To ensure the plans are a success, a new organisational structure for effective local water management is being set up.

Blue Deal project Mali
Mali

The wastewater treatment plants in Mali are out of date and are not being used efficiently. The Blue Deal Partnership is working on improving wastewater treatment in the country. Initially, the focus is on capacity building and professionalisation of the management and maintenance of the wastewater treatment plants.

The wastewater treatment plants in Mali are out of date and are not being used efficiently. The Blue Deal Partnership is working on improving wastewater treatment in the country. Initially, the focus is on capacity building and professionalisation of the management and maintenance of the wastewater treatment plants.

The wastewater treatment plants in Mali are out of date and are not being used efficiently. The Blue Deal Partnership is working on improving wastewater treatment in the country. Initially, the focus is on capacity building and professionalisation of the management and maintenance of the wastewater treatment plants.

Blue Deal project Ethiopia
Ethiopia

Ethiopia is already facing severe water shortages. With its population growing rapidly, the demand for water will only increase. To address this problem, the Blue Deal Partnership is working on a fair and efficient distribution of water. A water information system is also being set up and better data systems are being used to improve wastewater treatment.

Ethiopia is already facing severe water shortages. With its population growing rapidly, the demand for water will only increase. To address this problem, the Blue Deal Partnership is working on a fair and efficient distribution of water. A water information system is also being set up and better data systems are being used to improve wastewater treatment.

Ethiopia is already facing severe water shortages. With its population growing rapidly, the demand for water will only increase. To address this problem, the Blue Deal Partnership is working on a fair and efficient distribution of water. A water information system is also being set up and better data systems are being used to improve wastewater treatment.

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Blue Deal

Helping 20 million people around the world gain access to clean, sufficient and safe water. That is the ambitious goal behind the Blue Deal: the international programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and all the Dutch water authorities. 

Elements of good water management

The Blue Deal programme runs to the end of 2030 and consists of 17 partnerships in 14 countries. Together they strengthen the 3 crucial elements of good water management: sufficient knowledge and expertise, a well-functioning organisation, and cooperation with key stakeholders. In this way, the programme contributes to achieving Sustainable Development Goals 6.3 – 6.6.

By joining forces, the Dutch ministries and water authorities wish to achieve more than they can do individually. The focus of the Blue Deal is on providing help, creating business opportunities and learning from other countries.

> Movies about the Blue Deal partnerships

Visit Us

Water management involves much more than building dykes and windmills. Our work also entails water level and water quality management, adapting to climate change, dredging, and wastewater treatment. We welcome visits to these projects by international delegations.

Dike monitoring
Dike monitoring

The ‘LiveDijk’ in Groningen is a dike equipped with sensor systems, which measure the strength of the dikes and can also predict their strength in the future. The system contributes to better control and maintenance of the dike.
FloodControl IJkdijk, info@ijkdijk.nl, +31 (0) 594 55 50 50.

The ‘LiveDijk’ in Groningen is a dike equipped with sensor systems, which measure the strength of the dikes and can also predict their strength in the future. The system contributes to better control and maintenance of the dike.
FloodControl IJkdijk, info@ijkdijk.nl, +31 (0) 594 55 50 50.

The ‘LiveDijk’ in Groningen is a dike equipped with sensor systems, which measure the strength of the dikes and can also predict their strength in the future. The system contributes to better control and maintenance of the dike.
FloodControl IJkdijk, info@ijkdijk.nl, +31 (0) 594 55 50 50.

Dike improvement
Dike improvement

The regional water authority ‘waterschap Rivierenland’ is conducting a large number of dike improvement projects in its area. Innovative techniques are used to reinforce the dikes, such as geotextiles and dike dowels.
Waterschap Rivierenland, info@wsrl.nl, +31 (0) 344-64 90 90.

The regional water authority ‘waterschap Rivierenland’ is conducting a large number of dike improvement projects in its area. Innovative techniques are used to reinforce the dikes, such as geotextiles and dike dowels.
Waterschap Rivierenland, info@wsrl.nl, +31 (0) 344-64 90 90.

The regional water authority ‘waterschap Rivierenland’ is conducting a large number of dike improvement projects in its area. Innovative techniques are used to reinforce the dikes, such as geotextiles and dike dowels.
Waterschap Rivierenland, info@wsrl.nl, +31 (0) 344-64 90 90.

Urban water storage
Urban water storage

To relieve the pressure on Rotterdam's sewer system, ‘water squares’ are being created within the city. When it rains heavily, excess water can be collected in special tanks under these squares.
Hoogheemraadschap van Schieland en de Krimpenerwaard, info@hhsk.nl, +31 (0) 10 45 37 200.

To relieve the pressure on Rotterdam's sewer system, ‘water squares’ are being created within the city. When it rains heavily, excess water can be collected in special tanks under these squares.
Hoogheemraadschap van Schieland en de Krimpenerwaard, info@hhsk.nl, +31 (0) 10 45 37 200.

To relieve the pressure on Rotterdam's sewer system, ‘water squares’ are being created within the city. When it rains heavily, excess water can be collected in special tanks under these squares.
Hoogheemraadschap van Schieland en de Krimpenerwaard, info@hhsk.nl, +31 (0) 10 45 37 200.

Crops on saline soil
Crops on saline soil

On the island of Texel, researchers are testing the salt tolerance of crops like potatoes, carrots and strawberries in an ultramodern open air laboratory.
Zilt Proefbedrijf, info@ziltproefbedrijf.nl, +31 (0) 630 42 20 93.

On the island of Texel, researchers are testing the salt tolerance of crops like potatoes, carrots and strawberries in an ultramodern open air laboratory.
Zilt Proefbedrijf, info@ziltproefbedrijf.nl, +31 (0) 630 42 20 93.

On the island of Texel, researchers are testing the salt tolerance of crops like potatoes, carrots and strawberries in an ultramodern open air laboratory.
Zilt Proefbedrijf, info@ziltproefbedrijf.nl, +31 (0) 630 42 20 93.

Purified sewage
Purified sewage

Purified sewage is more or less ‘dead’ water. The water authority aerates this water and passes it through several ponds before it is released. In this way, the water collects more nutrients and organic material, so that it will not harm the ecology of the area.
Waterschap De Dommel, info@dommel.nl, +31 (0) 411 618 618.

Purified sewage is more or less ‘dead’ water. The water authority aerates this water and passes it through several ponds before it is released. In this way, the water collects more nutrients and organic material, so that it will not harm the ecology of the area.
Waterschap De Dommel, info@dommel.nl, +31 (0) 411 618 618.

Purified sewage is more or less ‘dead’ water. The water authority aerates this water and passes it through several ponds before it is released. In this way, the water collects more nutrients and organic material, so that it will not harm the ecology of the area.
Waterschap De Dommel, info@dommel.nl, +31 (0) 411 618 618.

Pure water factory
Pure water factory

The Puurwaterfabriek is the largest electrodeionization facility in the world. It trasforms wastewater into ultra-pure water, which is so pure that even the minerals and chalk normally present in drinking water are removed.
Waterschap Vechtstromen, info@vechtstromen.nl, +31 (0) 88 220 33 33.

The Puurwaterfabriek is the largest electrodeionization facility in the world. It trasforms wastewater into ultra-pure water, which is so pure that even the minerals and chalk normally present in drinking water are removed.
Waterschap Vechtstromen, info@vechtstromen.nl, +31 (0) 88 220 33 33.

The Puurwaterfabriek is the largest electrodeionization facility in the world. It trasforms wastewater into ultra-pure water, which is so pure that even the minerals and chalk normally present in drinking water are removed.
Waterschap Vechtstromen, info@vechtstromen.nl, +31 (0) 88 220 33 33.

Water storage Volkerak Zoommeer
Water storage

The Volkerak Zoommeer is the largest river water storage area in the Netherlands, with a capacity of 200 million cubic metres of water. The water storage area is used on occasions when river water cannot be drained into the sea during a storm.
Waterschap Brabantse Delta, info@brabantsedelta.nl, +31 (0) 76 564 10 00.

The Volkerak Zoommeer is the largest river water storage area in the Netherlands, with a capacity of 200 million cubic metres of water. The water storage area is used on occasions when river water cannot be drained into the sea during a storm.
Waterschap Brabantse Delta, info@brabantsedelta.nl, +31 (0) 76 564 10 00.

The Volkerak Zoommeer is the largest river water storage area in the Netherlands, with a capacity of 200 million cubic metres of water. The water storage area is used on occasions when river water cannot be drained into the sea during a storm.
Waterschap Brabantse Delta, info@brabantsedelta.nl, +31 (0) 76 564 10 00.

Wastewater treatment Verdygo
Wastewater treatment

The Verdygo design and construction technique has many advantages compared to the conventional sewage treatment plant, such as improved flexibility, higher sustainability and cost reduction in construction, operation and maintenance.
Waterschapsbedrijf Limburg, info@wbl.nl, +31 (0) 88 84 20 000.

The Verdygo design and construction technique has many advantages compared to the conventional sewage treatment plant, such as improved flexibility, higher sustainability and cost reduction in construction, operation and maintenance.
Waterschapsbedrijf Limburg, info@wbl.nl, +31 (0) 88 84 20 000.

The Verdygo design and construction technique has many advantages compared to the conventional sewage treatment plant, such as improved flexibility, higher sustainability and cost reduction in construction, operation and maintenance.
Waterschapsbedrijf Limburg, info@wbl.nl, +31 (0) 88 84 20 000.

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Documents

  • Blue Deal partnerships 2018-2030

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  • Framework Blue Deal 2018-2030

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  • Brochure Dutch Water Authorities

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  • Water governance: The Dutch water authority model

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